First African American
Homecoming Week, 1972, culminated
in students, administrators and family members attending the Homecoming
Day football game. While students hoped that Northeastern’s team
would defeat American International College, they also eagerly awaited
the halftime announcement of the winner of the Homecoming Queen Contest.
On October 14, 1972, the university’s African American students
were joyous when Linda Brown became Northeastern’s first African
American homecoming queen.
During the halftime ceremonies,
Brown, a sophomore nursing major, was crowned Northeastern’s Homecoming
Queen. Brown had competed unsuccessfully for the title in her freshman
year. Undeterred, she entered the competition again and broke the racial